Tuesday, January 19, 2016

75 years of commitment

Maybe I am the only one who never heard about Fred Stobaugh. Fred met his wife, Lorraine in Peoria, IL in 1938. He fell in love with her almost on the spot. 

After 75 years of faithful love and devotion to his  wife, Lorraine died and Fred wrote a song in honor of his wife. 

Fred heard about an on-line singer-songwriter contest sponsored by Green Shoe Studio, a local music business. 

This man is not a song-writer or a singer, but something about his entry touched the the folks at Green Shoe Studio. 

This is one of the great love stories of our time. A man loving one woman for life and for keeps. 

Fred's devotion to Lorraine reflects what the Lord says in Ephesians 5: 25. 

Watch the video and allow it to inspire you. Share it with others.

The joy that comes from staying committed through the hard times is what really matters. 

Whatever you think you may or may not have in common with your spouse when you are young and tempted to bail out on a marriage, keep in mind that by the time you’ve been married for forty years, you will have more in common with your spouse—shared experiences, shared trials and triumphs—than any other person on the planet. 

And the most important thing you will have in common is a monumental shared achievement: the marriage itself that brings honor to God and blesses others. 

Monday, January 18, 2016

4 questions every Christians must answer

I found these four questions quite helpful in thinking about ways to engage and serve my community. Why not get together with other concerned Christians and wrestle with the questions? Be ready for what the Lord will show you and call you to do.

First, what is good in our culture that we can promote, protect, and celebrate?

Second, what is missing in our culture that we can creatively contribute?

Third, what is evil in our culture that we can stop?

And finally, what is broken in our culture that we can restore?

Restoring all things: God's audacious plan to restore the world through everyday people. By Warren Cole Smith and John Stonestreet

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The #1 Reason To Never Give Up

If you have ever reached a point in life where you are thinking about giving up on your marriage, on your life, or on your calling, read these great and encouraging words from the late Father John Richard Neuhaus:

And will we overcome? Will we prevail? We have overcome and have prevailed ultimately because He has overcome and He has prevailed. There are days in which you and I get discouraged. On those days I tell myself—I suppose almost every day I tell myself, sometimes several times a day—those marvelous lines from T. S. Eliot’s “East Coker,” where Eliot says, “For us there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.” For us there is only the trying. The rest is not our business. Some people read those lines as lines of resignation, kind of shrugging your shoulders and saying, “What can you do?” But I read them as lines of vibrant hope. The rest is not our business. The rest is God’s business. Thank God, we are not God. Thank God, God is God.

Richard John Neuhaus, “Telling the World Its Own Story.” Available on-line at http:// www.colsoncenter.org/ search-library/ search? view = searchdetail& id = 21199.